Rihanna's Foundation Gives $7.2M To COVID-19 Relief


Rihanna is donating $7.2 million ($5 million U.S.) to help people affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.

The singer and beauty entrepreneur made the contribution via the Clara Lionel Foundation, which she established in 2012 in honour of her grandparents Clara and Lionel Braithwaite.

The funds will go to food banks in at-risk communities as well as towards the purchase of protective gear and respiratory supplies. The donation will also fund research into a vaccine.

Rihanna isn’t the only pop star pledging financial aid during the COVID-19 crisis.

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Gaga’s Haus Labs beauty line donated 20 percent of its sales last week to food banks in Los Angeles and New York City; Ciara and her husband Russell Wilson said they are providing 1 million meals to Seattle’s Food Lifeline; and Justin Timberlake made an undisclosed donation to Feeding America to provide meals to people in Memphis.

Canada’s Justin Bieber took to Instagram to announce he donated $29,000 U.S. to the fight against COVID-19 in China. “Watching the news I couldn’t imagine how scary it would be if a new disease was effecting (sic) my wife and my family and friends,” he said. “We all need to be there for each other.”

Kanye West, Rita Ora, Suga of BTS and Cardi B have also pledged money to various relief efforts.

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